This has been a very literary year on A Stamp A Day thus far with stamps highlighting authors such as H.G. Wells, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, and Charles Dickens — all writers that I grew up reading as many of their books and stories as I could get a hold on. Today, the highlight is on yet … Continue reading Jules Verne
On January 21, 1911, the first Monte Carlo Rally began. The Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo is a rallying event organized each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco which also organizes the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The rally now takes place along the French Riviera in the Principality of Monaco and southeast France. Previously, competitors would set off from … Continue reading Monte Carlo Auto Rally
On January 19, 1809, author, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe was born. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short … Continue reading Edgar Allan Poe & His Stamps
The Principality of Monaco (Principauté de Monaco) is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France’s Alpes-Maritimes département on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 9.9 miles (16 kilometers) from Italy and only 8.1 miles (13 km) northeast of Nice, France. Monaco has a land border of 3.40 miles (5.47 … Continue reading Monaco #C16 (1947)
December 25 is celebrated in most parts of the world, as Christmas Day (from the Old English Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”). This is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people. Even in Thailand — a predominately Buddhist where I have lived for the past 12 years — the holiday is generally celebrated by … Continue reading Merry Christmas!